Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy and Its Environmental Impact

The buzz word you hear these days is “GreenPower,” but what it really means is renewable energy. Many energy companies are targeting the year 2025, this is the year they hope to generate 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources. It’s challenging for utility companies to meet these government regulations and environmental laws, but with the help of contractors, suppliers, and their employees it’s expected that many utility companies will exceed the requirement.

After decades and decades of ignoring the so called “carbon footprint” industry has imposed on the environment, the time has come for action. This action comes in the form of:

– Biomass
– Geothermal
– Hydro-Electric
– Solar
– Wind

These are just some of the sources generating renewable energy; some still in the development stage and others being scaled up for use in larger communities. Another issue companies must deal with is waste generation. Yes, even these environmentally friendly methods produce waste. There is constant testing going on to effectively reduce waste at the source level, and if possible recycle it.

So What Exactly Are We Trying To Achieve Here?

renewable energyScientists are constantly monitoring the polar ice caps, and there seems to be an alarming acceleration in melting. The National Resources Defense Council States: “Average temperatures in the Arctic region are rising twice as fast as they are elsewhere in the world. Arctic ice is getting thinner, melting and rupturing. For example, the largest single block of ice in the Arctic, the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, had been around for 3,000 years before it started cracking in 2000. Within two years it had split all the way through and is now breaking into pieces.” The North Pole ice caps are imperative to climate control. It’s sort of like the cooling system in your car – all the components (including radiator and coolant) keep the engine at the required operating temperature. Keeping your car at this constant operating temperature insures that the fuel burns efficiently and the oil lubricates internal parts effectively. If the cooling system fails, then the engine could potentially seize up and stop working. By allowing the deterioration of the polar ice caps we are dangerously toying with the earths cooling system, and the environmental repercussions could be devastating.

Moving a Mountain With a Shovel, Is It Enough?

Fixing this problem is getting the attention it deserves, but it must be a global effort. Countries such as China are still putting industrialization ahead of environmental concerns. The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) says: “Renewable energy can curb global warming by the year 2030,” but this requires the efforts of all industrialized nations. The technology and products are already here. There are highly efficient windmill turbines being used in the desert, electric cars are populating our roads, and solar devices are being installed in schools, homes and churches.

So as we chip away at those things that threaten our environment, we must be prepared for the changes in lifestyle that comes with it. The mountain is slowly being moved, but is it fast enough?

Category: Green Energy

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  1. MPeterson says:

    I don’t think it’s fast enough. I see the reports on the news about “such and such clear air bill by 2020″ and other far away dates. I know companies need to make big changes and replace lots of parts in order to ‘go green,’ but why can’t they do it in 2 or 3 years instead of 8? It seems too lenient.

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